Orthodontics and pediatric dentistry: Two specialties, one goal

Elliott M. Moskowitz, George J. Cisneros, Mark S. Hochberg

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


The pediatric dentist is a unique dental clinician, as he or she is both a primary care dental health provider and a specialist. The pediatric dentist will most likely interface with orthodontist on a daily basis far more than any other dental clinician, for obvious reason that many pediatric dental patients will be under the care of both clinicians during the same and often extended time period. The pediatric dentist is often the first clinician to recognize malocclusions in the mixed dentition. The unilateral posterior crossbite is a commonly observed clinical finding in the mixed dentition. Posterior crossbites in the mixed or permanent dentition represent deviations from the normal buccolingual occlusal relationships. The congenitally missing lateral incisor either unilaterally or bilaterally presents a unique challenge to the orthodontic clinician in many respects. Retention of the corrected malocclusions of individual patients who will be receiving implants for missing anterior teeth needs to be coordinated as well.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIntegrated Clinical Orthodontics
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781119870081
ISBN (Print)9781119870050
StatePublished - Nov 30 2023


  • Anterior teeth
  • Congenitally missing lateral incisor
  • Dental health
  • Orthodontic clinician
  • Pediatric dentist
  • Retention
  • Unilateral posterior crossbite

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Dentistry


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